Monthly Archives: July 2014

Carers Conference to Shape Future Services

On Thursday 24th July, Bracknell and Ascot CCG will be at a carers conference hosted by Bracknell Forest Council and its partners at the Grange Hotel, Bracknell.  The main objective of the event is to discuss how support services are to be shaped for the next five years, and will give carers a chance to give their feedback on support currently on offer.


The conference will help inform the Joint Commissioning Strategy for Carers 2015-2020, which sets out how the local authority and the NHS will work together to develop services for adults and young people who care for others.


Cllr Dale Birch, Bracknell Forest Council’s executive member for adult services, health and housing, said:


“This event is invaluable in helping us to help and support carers in the future. We want as many people as possible to attend and to contribute to the debate.”


“Feedback from the conference will help us identify our priorities for carers for the next few years.”


To book your place or to get more information email the ASCHH commissioning team or call customer services on 01344 352000.

For updates of the event, follow us on twitter @BandA_CCG

Bracknell CCG First in South to Offer Summary Care Records to All Patients

Bracknell and Ascot CCG are delighted to announce that we are the first Clinical Commissioning Group in the southern area to offer Summary Care Records to 100 per cent of its patients.

What is a Summary Care Record?

Your Summary Care Record is an electronic record of your important medical information such as the medication you take, allergies you suffer and any reactions you may have had to medicines in the past.  You are free to opt out of the service at any time if you wish.

What does the Summary Care Records Service mean for me as a patient?

In the event of an emergency, or when your GP Practice is closed, having a Summary Care Record means that healthcare staff will have easier access to important information about your needs as a patient.  As a result, you should receive safer care.

Where can I find out more?

For further information, visit the NHS Care Records website at

Alternatively you can call the Health and Social Care Information Centre on 0845 300 6016 or email

Contract signed for Bracknell Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment service (BMAT)

The CCG has commissioned Healthshare to provide Bracknell and Ascot’s Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service.

Bracknell Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (BMATS) is a service for people with complex musculoskeletal conditions to assess and treat their problem and send them on for an operation if needed. The service is essentially a ‘one-stop-shop’, providing specialist clinical assessments and investigations as well as treatments such as joint and soft tissue injections.

The BMATS team comprises two consultant physicians, physiotherapists, a podiatrist and a sonographer, all with advanced training and skills in diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal pathology. Patients will need to be referred to BMATS by their GP and can be referred by the service on to acute care should the need arise.

The new service will be based in Royal Berkshire Bracknell Clinic, Healthspace.

The decision to procure the new provider was approved at the Bracknell and Ascot CCG Governing Body meeting on the 9th April.